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January 2008

Release Date: January 31, 2008

Angelo State ROTC Unit Rated ‘Excellent’ by Air Force Inspectors

Angelo State University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 has received a rating of “Excellent” on its recent Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) performed by the U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command (AETC) Inspector General Team.

The ORI was conducted Dec. 6-7, with the results released earlier this week. Inspectors examined each area of the detachment to determine whether it is in compliance with AFROTC and Air Force instructions. Those areas included training, cadet personnel actions, recruiting, unit support, cadet financial management and education. In most of these areas, ASU received an “Excellent” rating, with the training and recruiting areas rated “Outstanding.”

“The ‘Excellent’ rating is a well-deserved testament to the amount of effort and pride the cadre and cadets have in Detachment 847,” said Col. Mike Buck, detachment commander. “It was three years since the unit was last inspected, so the inspection team evaluated the past three years worth of operations as well as focusing on the state of the detachment as it stands today. So, the ‘Excellent’ rating reflects the current state of the unit, plus its sustained performance since the last inspection, also an ‘Excellent’ in December of 2004. In essence, Detachment 847 is well-known as being one of the best, most consistent performers throughout AFROTC and we proved it again.”

“The grade is not only indicative of what we accomplish here in the detachment every day, but also in the tremendous amount of support we receive from ASU, Goodfellow AFB and the community,” Buck added. “It has truly been a team effort and we appreciate all the support as we move forward to train more college students to become Air Force officers.”

In addition to the detachment’s overall rating, Maj. Robert Reynolds, commandant of cadets, and Capt. Cody Whittington, unit admissions officer, were recognized as “Professional Performers.” That designation is awarded to individuals that the inspectors judge to have directly contributed to the success of the detachment and who exemplify professionalism and expertise in their jobs.

“Although excellent performance was noted throughout all of our inspected areas, truly the crowning event was when the inspectors provided letters of 'Professional Performer' to Maj. Reynolds and Capt. Whittington,” Buck said. “These letters were the first offered by the inspection team in the last five units evaluated and never before had the team offered two during one inspection.”